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Set Goals for 2015, not just Resolutions!

After only two days into 2015 I had been asked what seemed like 1000 times what my resolutions were. Simple answer – I didn’t know. I could keep with the same ones that are always mentioned. Lose weight, be a better mom, friend, PTO member, organize my closet, give away all the clothes I haven’t worn in six months, etc. (And for those of you who know me, of course I found the study that names the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014 and I’m sure they are the same most years. If you are curious, I listed them below.) But I’ll be honest, I say them, I mean them, I start them and then I find something else to focus on and I’m onto the next thing. The same study I mention above says that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. That alone was depressing and not very motivating.

So you ask, what is my point? My point is to keep focused on the word SUCCESSFUL. How can you achieve something if your mindset isn’t focused on SUCCESS? As Abraham Lincoln said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” Don’t make a resolution because you feel you should. Don’t make one because it is on the “top 10” list. Don’t make one because everyone else is doing it. Make one because you truly want to succeed!

Then I read an article “Resolution Solutions for the New Year” (1) and my mind immediately began thinking about work and professional goals vs. the typical New Year’s resolutions. And then I thought, why not? Why can’t my so-called New Year’s resolutions not be my 2015 professional goals?

What do I want to succeed at this year? What are my 2015 goals? Where do I even begin? The article had a very clear checklist on how to answer my questions (1).

I challenge you to ask yourself what you want to succeed at this year. Make them attainable, measureable goals. I want to exceed average monthly move-ins by three residents. I want a strong, viable wait list to support losing any residents via the backdoor. I want to increase occupancy by 5% in the next six months. I want to increase my operating margin by 3%. Ask yourself. Challenge yourself.

Use this week to create your goals and then focus on being and making them SUCESSFUL! If you need support to achieve that success, call our team. Sales coaching? Marketing? Talent assessment? Operations? We can help and look forward to doing so.

One of my 2015 goals, is to make my team more successful based on the tools I can offer and help create. What is one of yours?

Happy 2015 and wishing you much success!


Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology
Published: 01.01.2014
Rank Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

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